Everyone loves charcuterie boards. They are perfect for when you have guests over or when you want to entertain in the comfort of your own home. However, making charcuterie boards can seem like a daunting task with all the different ingredients and preparation that goes into it; thankfully this guide will show you how to make charcuterie boards!
Charcuterie Boards are large platters made up of meats and cheeses that you can serve at parties. They’re delicious for dinner or appetizers because they have so many options you can choose from. Charcuterie boards are also known as charcuteire boards, charcueterie board or charcuteires.
Making a charcuterie board is easy! You just need a few ingredients and an idea of how you want to present your display of nibbles. I like to start with a theme and plan from there. It can be something simple for a small gathering or a little more extravagant for a special occasion. If I’m creating a board for a holiday or event I like to get a little more crafty with decorations and details.
Ideas for Charcuterie Board
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How to Make a Simple Charcuterie Board
First you’ll want to figure out what ingredients you want on your charcuterie board so that you can plan accordingly. Start with meats and cheeses; the charcuterie board is named after these two ingredients because they are what charcuteries (shops that sell charcuterie boards) would put out for you to choose from. I like to have a variety of meats on mine. Some popular options are salami’s, prosciutto or pepperoni.
Charcuterie Board Cheese
Next add your charcuterie board accoutrements. These includes fruits, vegetables and crackers or breads to pair with the meats and CHEESE. Choose a few different cheeses for a variety of flavors and textures. A creamy brie, a hard swiss and a strong bleu cheese offer a good mix of tastes to try.
Fresh fruits, dried fruits, crunchy veggies and pickles make popular snacks. Some popular charcuterie board fruit options include grapes (red & green), apples (shaved) and figs. Vegetable choices like celery sticks, mini peppers, grape tomatoes, carrots, asparagus, snap peas or olives are popular picks.
Charcuterie board crackers or breads are typically served on the side so you can choose what to put out. Some charcuterie board recipes recommend sliced baguette, pretzel buns and mini pitas.
You’ll also want to have charcuterie board dips with your accoutrements. I choose dips that are either sweet or savory to match the other items on my board. Olive tapenade, basil pesto, sun dried tomato spread or hummus make flavorful additions. Honey, flavored yogurts, chutneys and fruit spreads are perfect for adding a little sweetness.
Once you have all your charcuterie board ingredients, arrange them attractively on a platter. Start with the largest items first and build outward to create an even display that is proportionate in size. If you are using cheese I recommend placing it last so people don’t pull chunks of it off before everything else has been added.
Last but not least, charcuterie boards are served at room temperature. So make sure you set your board out before guests arrive to let it reach the perfect display temp.
Charcuterie Board Shopping List
Charcuterie Board Ideas
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